Economy

800 Tonnes of Antelope Milling Roller Meal Goes Bad due to Low Demand

Antelope Milling Company on the Copperbelt has revealed that over 800 tonnes of roller meal has gone bad and not good for human consumption because of low demand for the commodity.

Milling companies on the Copperbelt had recently petitioned the government to allow them to sell roller meal to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) because residents on the Copperbelt were not buying the commodity, preferring breakfast mealie meal.

National Milling Corporation Limited, Antelope Milling and Mpongwe Milling wrote to Copperbelt Minister Japhen Mwakalombe over the matter saying the COVID-19 pandemic had reduced demand for roller meal because major buyers are breweries that are currently not producing.

However, Mr Mwakalombe said he would encourage citizens to start eating roller meal which is nutritious. Despite this assurance, demand for roller meal has remained low, with Antelope Milling Company Director Jimmy Kaldis revealing that production of mealie meal has gone down because the company has continued to lose maize by-products.

He said over 800 metric tonnes of roller meal has gone bad and no longer safe for human consumption and that the only solution to the problem is government issuing export permits to the millers to export the product to the DRC to avoid further waste.

15 Comments

  1. FedUp

    I wonder whether this Mr Mwakalombeis eating the roller meal himself. Looks like a case of do as say & not as I do. PF scoundrels.

    • Xam-leak Reporters of Zambia

      The headline should be” 800 Tonnes of Antelope Milling Roller Meal Goes Bad due to poor storage”
      Businesses know to supply on demand. They can’t blame low demand for decay of products

  2. Lincoln

    WHY DIDN’T YOU SELL IT AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE TO MINIMISE LOSSE? IF YOU CONTINUE WITH THIS EXPLOITIVE LAZINESS, YOU WILL BE OUT OF BUSINESS IN NO TIME, THE WORLD IS CHANGING FAST!

    • AM

      Zambians are full of plans if allowed they will be producing more roller meal than breakfast which will make them to have more money .

  3. drystrim

    twalelanda ati,bwesheniko umtengo mwalekana.Now today u’re busy dandauling kkkkkk….

  4. Banja.

    You need to retrain or dismiss your marketing team. They could have advised as much much maize to buy and sell. Build a product around the demands of the market but not try and build a market around your product!

    • Oko

      @Banja, I agree with you. Try rigging an economy. That’s what makes the difference between economics and politics where corruption, nepotism, laziness can be easily be masked by rigging.

  5. Razor

    You can use it as stockfeed.

  6. Musyani

    I think they should have allowed them to sell to Congo as well because I have friends who were buying mealie meal in south Africa taking it to Congo through Zambia,now the prices in congo where worth the distance until the president intervened that it was to expensive and directed anyone selling it to reduce hence it’s not worth taking it there anymore,so Lungu must order a reduction also.

  7. CAKANGA AMATE UKUMINA

    COUNTRY ZAMBIA I DON’T KNOW WERE WE ARE GOING ATI CORONA, ICOMUFOLA MWILACUSHA CALO BANE NOBUNGA BWINE KUTI BWABOLA MWALUMYAPO CORONA.

  8. Mulenga

    Better of you petition for the reopening of bars. Here Kankoyo breweries buys most of mealie meal and they are closed due to closure of bars.

  9. Manasseh

    disaster just had it’s way through

  10. Charles Mubaanga

    Too bad indeed,let the government look at this issue before those companies lose their products.

  11. Charles Mubaanga

    But again the question is,since the company is getting permission from the government to export those goods to the outside country(DRC)while it is said that the mealie meal is not good for human consumption,”whom is the company exporting the unworthy food consumption to Congo,animals or people?”

    • Mwiche mwase

      Thats a great question we would all like to here an answer from,

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